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while i'm unable to attend this year's event, i want to express my deep appreciation to tonight's award recipients for the extraordinary work and service that they provide to our cities, neighborhoods every day. all of the award recipients share one common goal. and that is to ensure that san francisco continues to be the best place to live, visit, and do business. i am proud to be the mayor of a city where residents and civic leaders are partners and work together to tackle challenges and find innovative solutions to keep our neighborhoods world class. thank you for attending this important event, and thank you to the neighborhood empowerment network for your dedication and commitment to our neighborhoods. keep up the great work and have a wonderful evening here at the nen awards. (applause) >> the first award we're going to be presenting tonight is an award that for many people is
an award that is one of the top highlights of the event, and that is an opportunity to induct someone into the nen hall of fame. the hall of fame is an opportunity to take a moment and celebrate the lifetime of the contribution that an individual has made to our city and perhaps just seize the opportunity perhaps if they haven't been highlight and had elevated for that contribution here in city hall in the rotunda to do so. this year's nen hall of fame inductee is bernice. [speaker not understood] to talk more about her contributions to the city. jen? (applause) >> hi, my name is jennifer banta and i am proud to nominate bernice beng to the nen hall of fame. bernice being was a visionary
artist. she was born, raised, educated and worked in san francisco. * bing. she graduated from the first mfa class of the san francisco art institute in 1961. she was good friends with joan brown and jay de feo. shes what an integral part of the art scene in north beach. she was also part of the first argot lin artist's in residence program in 1967 and spent the better part of the '70s deeply devote today community arts and activism. she was part of the founding member of scrap, and she was involved with the neighborhood arts program during its insanction. -- inception. she went on to found the san francisco cultural arts center and she is the first director. i am excited to share with you i'm working with the asian american women artists association and film maker madelein limb to bring you the
world of bernice bing, a documentary we're working on now about her life and work and it's going to premiere in june of 2013. thank you so much for this honor. it's long overdue. (applause) (applause) >> good evening. it's an honor to accept this award on behalf of the bernice bing estate. thank you. (applause)
♪ ♪ ♪ >> again, congratulations. now we'd like to make a slight modification in our program this evening and we're going to be moving to the award for best merchant association of the year, the lower haight merchant association. i'd like to invite walking tours up and the mayor's office of economic development. our newest supervisor, supervisor london breed. let's give him a round of applause. (applause) ♪ ♪ >> hi, are you going to speak first or me? >> you, please. >> hi, everybody. i'm so happy to be here to celebrate this -- what is it,
the neighborhood empowerment network awards. this is like the fifth year that this has happened and i remember just about two years ago when the divisadero corridor received the same award. so, it is truly an honor to be here as the district 5 supervisor. the neighborhood i live in, to see many of the people i know, they're all sitting in the front row. i see you, joe, from john mere pierre from the meat store and pierre was front and center when that fire happened on walgreens on fillmore and haight and getting those people out. thea shelby who has been working really hard, one of the founders of the lower haight merchant and neighborhood associations. she has been a tireless advocate in this area for public safety. i'm so happy to see you here. devon, the new president and thea has served as the president for the past two years, and devon is now taking over as the new president. and wing-wings, wing-wings, one of my favorite places. lisa is here from wing-wings, and dick, one of my favorite
people from the lower haight, i am so happy to see you all here. i wanted to just come and congratulate. is there someone else here? oh, robert, hi, sweety. he's always there for you. he's amazing guy. and thank you all so much for being here. i'm just here as the supervisor, my first event to honor you, to support you, to thank you for not just being in the neighborhood, but really opening up your doors and caring about the neighborhood. caring about what happens to the people there, caring about what happens to the businesses, not just your own business, but all the businesses. i love the lower haight because it's like a family. it's a real community. it's an amazing place to eat. it's amazing place to shop. it's amazing place to be. and you are so deserving of this award. and i couldn't be proud eras district 5 supervisor and also as a resident of the lower haight. so, thank you and congratulations on your award.
and i'm just here to actually crash the event, to just say congratulations because you all are some of my favorite people in this district. thank you very much. (applause) >> can i leave or you want me to stay? >> oh, stay. supervisor breed, thank you so much for being here. it's always a pleasure and it is a great mesh tower stand on this stage with you in your new position as supervisor of district 5. it's a great honor always to be able to recognize the incredible work that is a.m. done by people throughout our city who really do the work once all of us from the city and our partners leave the stage, as it were, because as the supervisor mentioned, once we're gone, we need other people to pick it up and make sure our streets are active, that people feel safe, people feel comfortable. our next award recipient, the lower hate and merchants neighborhood association is one of those incredible partners like so many of you here tonight that is truly deserving of this award.
it was gibe ons, the head wig of the wig party in san francisco that nominated this organization. i would like to invite morgan to come up now and make a few remarks. * he's making sure san francisco remains san francisco. and, so, morgan, please come on up to the stage. (applause) >> thank you very much. my name is morgan fits gibbons. it is one of my favorite organizations here in the city. it is the third year in a row i'm nominated the winner. last year was divisadero corridor. that might help us get one of these awards in the future. what do you think, daniel? [laughter] >> this year we're proud to give the award for best merchant association to lower haight merchant and neighborhood association a.k.a. lo hamna, rolls off the tongue. [laughter] on. t's truly a great we in our capacity, we work a
lot with different neighborhood associations, different merchant associations. and far and away the lower haight merchants association is one of the best we had the pleasure to work with. that holds for always, but this past year was a really remarkable year for the organization. they dealt with some challenges, notably the water and fire, some public safety concerns. and they also had some success he. they have art walks really successful art walks four times a year. but then there's always another street fair happening. it's really, you know, we can celebrate their achievements, but it's really the spirit with which they do their work, the passion and the creativity and the sense of community and bringing people to the table to figure out what's best for everybody that really lets them stand above the rest. so, bring up the award recipients. congratulate to the lower haight neighborhood association on their 2012 award. (applause) ♪
>> i just want to say a few quick words. we do a great job in the lower haight. and i'm sure any other local or merchant association, you guys can do it as well. and if you need any input on anything, from crime in your neighborhood to how to do an art walk or event, just please contact the lower haight or haighter's nation and you can get in touch with either thea,
dick, myself, or devon, joe, lisa, any one of us. so, please feel free to contact us. we'll be more than happy to help you, okay. >> thank you. (applause) >> thank you. ♪ >> and next i'd like to introduce a gentleman who needs no introduction here, especially in this room, but the director department of public works for the city and county of san francisco, mr. clean man, robin nu for our next award. (applause) >> how is everyone doing? good. >> are we excited? yeah. >> all right, thank you. first of all, congratulations to all the awardees and to nen for doing such a great job. it is very, very important to honor all the people who are working hard to make our city
be the beautiful and greener city it can be. big hand to all of you. (applause) >> all right. so, i'm up here to present the graffiti-watch volunteer award and the graffiti watch program is a program that started about four years ago. over 300 people enrolled in the program, and about 180 of very, very active people,. very, very active means those people go take time out of their busy day to go remove graffiti and make san francisco be graffiti-free. and in that 180 there are very, very few that get up early in the morning, early -- i mean, 3:00, 4 o'clock to go and make sure the neighborhood is clean before everybody wakes up to see a nice clean street or nice clean wall. and the awardee tonight and the
winner is larry win ham, if he would come up and receive his award. a big thank you to him. [cheering and applauding] ♪ >> congratulations, larry. * >> well, i don't know about 3:00 or 4 o'clock, but -- [laughter] >> that's a little too early. just like to keep our neighborhood clean and just somebody once said the difference between art and graffiti is permission. [laughter] (applause) >> congratulations. ♪
>> our next award will be the most empowering city employee award. and i'd like to invite the city administrator for the city and county of san francisco naomi kelly to introduce this award. (applause) >> good evening, everyone. thank you for coming out this evening. it is my honor to just thank all of you and all of the award winners for all of the great work that you do in the community. you are the nuts and bolts of san francisco. you are what makes us resilient, which makes us -- which gives us character. and, so, we appreciate all of you. these awards are important and they're an important opportunity for all of us at city hall to make a moment and salute the people and organizations that work hard every day to make our neighborhoods the very best that they are. so, i have the distinct pleasure to introduce one of my most favorite people, city
employees here in san francisco. y'all just heard from mr. clean, and that's who we affectionally call the director of dpw mohammed nuru. and he has a right hand and that right hand, her name is sandra zanega. it doesn't matter what neighborhood you're in, you can call either one of them and they will tell you what's going on. they know what's going on in that neighborhood and they know the pumps of what's going on in that neighborhood. not only do they reach out to every neighborhood association, merchant association, but they also work hard with the corporate sponsors to make sure that they are committed to our neighborhoods, to making sure that they are clean, that the graffiti is removed, that the dumping is taken away, that we have vibrant commercial corridors, vibrant commercial -- vibrant neighborhoods, and i couldn't be more pleased that she is the most important city employee for this year in empowering neighborhoods. i will also bring up a woman by
the name of fran martin to come speak about sandra. (applause) >> my name is fran martin. i'm with the visitacion valley planning alliance and greenway project. i'm very proud and have the honor on behalf of many people in the city who nominated sandra for this award. i can't think of a better person for people from communities, from foundations, from the city staff have voted for this. and i can't think of a better person. sandra's always gone above and beyond the call of duty. she -- she's in charge of the street parks program and i'm involved with that kind of work in the city. she's also involved with the clean streets program. and she's also -- a lot of people don't know this -- a board member of the american community garden association.
and she ran the show for this big huge conference we had this last august. i called her the hener lisa ma. she's real a dine a moe and we're so lucky to have her in the city. * dynamo. so, i want to invite sandra up here as our most empowering city employee of the year. (applause) >> everybody here, sandra has touched all your lives. >> i'm truly honored. you guys are all wonderful to work with. i love the community. you know that. i'm allegation here for you. thank you so much for this honor. it's all about you guys. thank you so much. (applause) ♪
>> i'd now like to invite the supervisor for district 9, supervisor david campos, to represent the next award. (applause) >> good evening, everyone. welcome to this beautiful building here at city hall, the people's building. and to help me present the next award, i'd like to ask an institution and the portal neighborhood, ruth wallace, if you could please come up. [cheering and applauding] >> it is, it is my honor, our honor to present today what i think is one of the most important ones. every award here is important. but we're recognizing the work of a young person, and i think that any time that we involve young people in this effort you know that not only are you making a difference today, but you're actually making a difference for the future. and on a side note, i'd have to say that i'm very proud as the
district 9 supervisor, that includes the portola, because so many of the awards are going to that amazing neighborhood, the portola. [cheering and applauding] >> i think the award here is the come back neighborhood. i'm so proud. anyway, let me talk about the following and i'll turn it over to ruth. this is our youth neighborhood leader award to jack ollenger. i don't know if jack can please stand and come up. let me tell you a little about jack. [cheering and applauding] >> jack ollenger, he is 12 years old. he's been a tremendous help to the portola garden tour. he has for quite sometime been helping to raise money for the scholarship program at ccsf. young jack ollenger has been in
charge of the ralph at the end of the portola garden tour for at least two years now. the first year he was instrumental in that effort and sold many tickets and was able to raise $495. (applause) >> yes, absolutely. and he is so impressive, he decided that he was going to do even more. so, he decided that in 2012 he would top his prior achievement and he actually raised another $830 for that effort. (applause) >> and, so, because of jack's efforts, we are going to have scholarships that will be paid for. you know, the fact that a young person is so committed and so dedicated to their neighborhood and to the city is something that we should all be very proud of and let's make sure that we have more jack ollengers. to that i will turn it over to ruth wallace.
and by the way, i don't know what would be of the portola without ruth wallace. so, ruth, thank you so much for everything you do. (applause) >> thank you, david. well, i have the easiest job because jack's biois the shortest. he's 12. he's done a great job. * , he's actually helped us to finance the portola garden district scholarships at city college of san francisco. and will continue. thank you. (applause) >> jack? ah, come on. >> i don't think jack wants to say anything, but i think that jack just basically said that actions speak louder than words. so, thank you. (applause)♪ >> jack, are your parents or your family here? yep? so, if we could ask jack's family to please stand up and be recognized. because this is a family effort. [cheering and applauding]
>> thank you very much. thank you. ♪ >> you can see the user bringing back the bow tie. without further ado, i'd like to introduce supervisor john avalos to introduce our next award. (applause) >> thank you, daniel. and thank you all for being here for this great, great event. it is my honor and bridge to help bring up the folks who are part of the outstanding neighborhood watch group, part of the nay street neighborhood watch of district 11. (applause) >> we can bring up linda cook and patricia de font. i am really, really proud of this neighborhood watch group. we had some really hard tim back in 2008. had a few homicid
excelsior district, one that is very well known, the bologna homicides. these tragedies are horrible if nothing else but to help communities organize. nay street neighbors really did that. they looked out for one another. they reached out. they created relationships where perhaps they didn't exist before. they looked at their neighborhood and thought, how can we make this neighborhood safer? and they've done amazing things. they've done greening, they planted last month scores of trees in the neighborhood. they brought the community together around garage sales. they actually are holding a market that has not been really a good neighbor in the area accountable to the neighborhood, which is an amazing feat. all of this is done because they love their neighborhood. they are inspired by community. that's what brings them together.
so, i want to call up linda and -- linda cook and patricia de font. (applause) >> now, they're both part of nay street neighbors. linda actually nominated the group, but i really think that they're worthy of coming together to be honored today. i want to thank you for your great service in the neighborhood and i look forward to working with you in all the years to come. >> thank you. >> thank you. (applause) >> john said almost everything i wanted to say. but i do want to thank specifically mohammed nuru because he's been incredible. his toehold, everyone. francis and john avalos' office, without her nobody would know what we were doing because she helps us with all of our fliers and everything that we need to do. john has been tireless. he comes to my house on fridays at 5:30 for meetings. he's a great, great supervisor and a champion for our district. and we're excited about this
year. we're going to put in a park. we're going to do safety initiatives. we're looking for grant money for more beautification. if anybody is interested in starting a neighborhood watch and getting involved, call me and i can help you get started. it's a great thing to know your neighbors, even the ones who are a pain in the neck. it's a great thing to know your neighbors. [laughter] (applause) >> i would just like to say thank you to all of our neighbors because we have lived in that neighborhood for 37 years and it's just been such a joy to meet people who live right across the street and never knew what wonderful neighbors i had until we started the neighborhood watch group. so, i would strongly advise everyone to start a neighborhood watch group. it's great. and thanks to patricia, she's done an outstanding job and i'm so happy she took over as block captain for me. i appreciate it. thanks a lot. (applause)
♪ (applause) >> our next award is for the best community -- green community project. and i'd like to just sort of jump forward a little bit and invite darlene zane to come up and give the award. here she comes. [cheering and applauding] >> hello, everyone. so, for years the portola and it's the portola, foster recognition.
and, dan, things started happening. one of the things that gave attention to our neighborhood is when we decided we were going to have a new branch library. ruth wallace came up with the idea of a garden tour and a lot of us thought, a garden tour? our neighborhood? who is going to come? well, we had every -- we've done it for six years. every year we've grown incrementally. after the first two years of raising money for the library -- there's our new library -- we then it was such a great community builder that we recently decided to keep wanting to volunteering and do it. we established a scholarship at city college for the horticultural department. and we have just gone gangbusters. we get good press and we get to see everybody's neighbor -- all our neighbors' gardens. because of the way san francisco s you get to be veuyer because usually you have to go through their garage or
their house to see the gardens. and ruth gets known through the neighborhood because she's constantly peeking over fences and leaving fliers in people's mailboxes saying, do you want to be on the garden tour, and all this sort of thing. but anyway, so, we've -- just to show you how much the neighborhood has gotten to know each other, all the people in the portola, wave your hand. [cheering and applauding] >> and this is only a small representation. and six years ago i would say maybe a dozen of us knew each other, and now we know hundreds of people in our neighborhood. and we've become so desirable from a real estate standpoint, we have multiple offers on houses and they all go for over asking. (applause) >> so, if you want to know how to do a garden tour, ruth wallace is your woman. come on up, ruth. (applause) [cheering and applauding]
>> thanks. thank you. we'd like to take over the show. i just want to say it's a great honor and it's a really great event. if you haven't been to the portola garden tour, 2013 will be september 28th, mark your calendars. get your tickets early. and if i could, there are so many people involved in this, i'd like if all the gardners that have shown their gardens and the people on the committee could stand up for just a second so you could see how many of us there really are. (applause) >> thank you very much. ♪ ♪ >> wonderful, what a great award that is. i'd like to take a moment and acknowledge supervisor scott wiener has joined us here this evening.
someone who we all know. (applause) >> has done an amazing job in district 8 and making that a wonderful place to live for thousands of residents there, including my father. so, thank you very much. he thanks you. fourth generation, you know? without further ado i'd like to invite someone who was standing on the stage just last year wearing a different uniform, stunning us all with her well deserved award as a most empowering city employee, that is lucinda from the fire department to do the next award for nerc. (applause) >> thank you, i want to say on behalf of chief hayes white who could not be here tonight nert is a [speaker not understood] with the community of san francisco. the marina navy demanded training. 23 plus years later the fire department is still working with the community on this great program. we have great training and support for what